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Bill Polian Selected for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
A 2012 inductee into the Bills Wall of Fame, Bill Polian will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

A 2012 inductee into the Bills Wall of Fame, Bill Polian will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Six members of the Buffalo Bills’ Super Bowl teams from the early 1990s—quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, wide receivers Andre Reed and James Lofton, defensive end Bruce Smith and coach Marv Levy—have all been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Later this year, they will be joined in Canton by the man who helped bring them all together.

Bill Polian, who was the Bills’ pro personnel director from 1984-85 and their general manager from 1986-92, will be one of eight members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, which was announced Saturday. He is one of the first two Hall of Famers, along with former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf, to be inducted through the Hall of Fame’s new category for contributors who did not play or coach the game.

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Halftime Report: Browns 3, Bills 0 As Both Teams Failing to Capitalize on Scoring Opportunities

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Neither the Bills nor Browns has reached the end zone through 30 minutes in Buffalo. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Neither the Bills nor Browns has reached the end zone through 30 minutes in Buffalo. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

For a game between two teams with winning records, Sunday’s first half between the Buffalo Bills (6-5) and Cleveland Browns (7-4) sure has been ugly.

It’s never good to be shut out for a half of a football game, but the Bills are actually fortunate to be facing the score they are going into halftime.

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Bills Offense Shows Signs of Life While Jets Offense Sputters in First Half

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Robert Woods has come up big so far in Detroit for the Bills. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Robert Woods has come up big so far in Detroit for the Bills. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Coming into Monday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, the New York Jets ranked 31st in the NFL in yards per game and 30th in points per game. That might not change by the end of the night if the first half was any indication.

The Jets offense has avoided the turnovers that defined its first game against the Bills this year, but only by luck. Jets quarterback Michael Vick has had at least four passes go off of Bills defenders that each could have been intercepted.

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2014 NFL Week 2: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (No. 99) and slot cornerback Nickell Robey (No. 37) had reasons to celebrate their play Sunday. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

The Bills swept the Dolphins in 2013. Can they extend their winning streak over Miami to three? (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final thoughts:

Buffalo was dominant in their home opener over the Miami Dolphins winning 29-10. Offensively, EJ Manuel was efficient for the second straight week, and while the running game struggled, C.J. Spiller was able to rip off one long 47 yard run.

Miami came out in the second half behind 9-0 and made some terrific adjustments. After Miami scored on their first possession of the second half, Buffalo responded via special teams. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards. After two or three impressive drives, Miami fizzled out.

Sammy Watkins was the star of the game among Buffalo’s playmakers. He was targeted 11 times and caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Watkins’ first NFL touchdown and first 100 yard game in his young career.

On the line, Seantrel Henderson performed well against Cameron Wake. He received TE help but did had a terrific game.

Defensively, Buffalo’s line recorded sacks and batted passes. It was a terrific performance from the front four.

Nigel Bradham looked outstanding in his first game of the season and had quite a few impressive hits. The run defense held Miami to 80 yards rushing.

All in all, a great week for the Bills. Next up? The San Diego Chargers.

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2014 NFL Preseason Week 4: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Jim Schwartz's defense has gotten the better of Nathaniel Hackett's offense in the first few days of training camp. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and the Buffalo Bills faced off against his former team, the Detroit Lions, on Thursday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The final week of the preseason is rarely exciting, but the Buffalo Bills’ preseason finale gave plenty of reasons for fans of the team to be discouraged going into the regular season. Despite playing starters on both offense and defense in the first quarter, the Bills lost, 23-0, to finish the preseason with a 1-4 record.

The score and record will be long forgotten when the Bills play their regular-season opener 10 days from Thursday, but they certainly didn’t want to end the exhibition season by being shut out.

The story of the Bills’ struggles throughout the month of August was the first-team offense’s inability to put together even one touchdown drive against a starting defense. Manuel and the group around him continued to struggle Thursday, and have to play much better for the Bills to stand any chance in their regular season opener versus the Chicago Bears.

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